Midnight in San Juan

Midnight in San Juan

by Earl Klugh



The majority of Earl Klugh's albums have been throwaways not because he's choosing pop-flavored jazz and jazzy instrumental pop over straight-ahead jazz, but because of their total lack of substance and musical integrity. One of his more listenable commercial efforts, Midnight in San Juan finds the guitarist placing an unusually heavy emphasis on Latin and Caribbean elements. The CD is decent more often than not, and listeners are reminded of the fact that commercial pop-jazz can be tasteful or not so tasteful. Some of the more worthwhile tunes include the Brazilian-flavored "Kissin' on the Beach," and the salsa-influenced "Mobimientos del Alma," the haunting "She Never Said Why" and the Joe Sample-ish title tune. Harmonica player Toots Thielemans has a melodic cameo on the pensive "Theme for a Rainy Day," and pianist Eliane Elias is in good form on the vibrant "Take You There." Meanwhile, Klugh tosses good taste to the wind on "Every Moment with You," a glaring example of the type of insipid, toothless schlock he so often stoops to playing. This is far from an essential purchase, but overall, it was certainly superior to most of his other commercial albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/1991
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992629324
catalogNumber: 26293

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Klugh   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards
Ron Carter   Bass
Ronnie Foster   Keyboards
David Matthews   Conductor
Robby Ameen   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Eliane Elias   Piano
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Oscar Hernandez   Bass
Lucio Hopper   Bass
Ralph Irizarry   Percussion
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Chuck Loeb   Guitar
Harvey Mason   Drums
Mark Nilan   Keyboards
Richard Tee   Piano,Electric Piano
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Buddy Williams   Drums
Jose Oribe   Guitar
Ruben Rodriquez   Piano
Paul McGill   Guitar
Barnaby Finch   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Earl Klugh   Producer
David Matthews   Horn Arrangements
Gene Dunlap   drum programming
Don Sebesky   Arranger
David Palmer   Engineer
Meredith Lea Bailey   Art Direction

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